Walvis youngsters learn about healthy living through football

WALVIS BAY: Learners and teachers in Walvis Bay are this weekend getting the opportunity to pick up some football skills and techniques – all while learning how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

A two-day football clinic which forms part of the American Cultural Centre’s ‘Kicking in Healthy Lifestyles’ programme and which started on Friday, involves learners and teachers from 13 different primary schools and children with disabilities from the Sunshine Centre here.

In Namibia to conduct the football clinics at the coast as well as in Windhoek and in the North are former United States (US) football players Daryl Schwenck, Angela Hucle and Edward Henderson.

Speaking at the start of the coastal programme on Friday, Walvis Bay Mayor Derek Klazen expressed his gratitude towards the American Cultural Centre for investing in the children and their teachers. ”In compliance with the cooperation agreement between council and the American Embassy, a list of successful activities aimed at capacity-building, knowledge and skills expansion has already taken place, of which we are very proud,” he said.

The training, which is taking place at the Jan Wilken Stadium in Walvis Bay, stemmed from a partnership agreement between the American Cultural Centre and the Walvis Bay Municipality.

“As a trained teacher I believe that children should be exposed to all the skills they need at an early age in order to afford them a choice of what they are really passionate about,” Klazen added.

He further stated that the training would allow teachers to grasp a variety of football techniques and skills which they can then transfer to learners.

Also speaking at the launch of the football clinic, Public Affairs Officer of the American Embassy, Anthony Deaton, stated that they have been in partnership with Namibia since 2004.

“The best way to invest in a country is to invest in their people. The skills which will be learned on the field will also be important off the field,” he noted.

Another highlight for the day was the establishment of an “American corner” at the municipal library in the town by the American Embassy on Friday.

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